Library Resources | November 19, 2019
On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, now commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month.
November is Native American Heritage Month, a time when we honor the history and traditions of the continent’s first inhabitants. With many schools, libraries and organizations observing the month, and others who may be looking for ways to incorporate programming related to Native American heritage, here are some useful resources.
Visitors to the American Indian Library Association website will find a wealth of school library resources including booklists, blogs and projects devoted to the history and culture of Native Americans, as well as ideas for activities and programming. Librarians may also wish to consult these tips for choosing culturally appropriate books and resources about Native Americans.
Meanwhile, NoveList® Plus can help librarians find fiction and nonfiction celebrating Native American characters and culture. If you’re looking to add new books by and about Native Americans to your library shelves, Core Collections has great recommendations for you. Here are just a few:
If you’re planning to expand your library’s e-book collection, EBSCO’s K-8 Native American Heritage eBook Collection contains fiction and nonfiction e-books written by and about Native Americans.
Need to provide researchers with bibliographic information on North America’s indigenous peoples? Look no further than EBSCO’s Bibliography of Native North Americans, a database containing more than 330,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles and government documents of the United States and Canada. It is an ideal resource for anthropologists, educators, historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, legal researchers, linguists, theologians and policy makers.
The Native American Heritage Month website has a teacher section featuring ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids. The National Education Association website also includes lessons and activities for exploring Native American culture. The Native Knowledge 360° site, from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, includes an Essential Understandings framework to help teachers create meaningful student learning experiences.
Meanwhile, the Library of Congress offers a variety of blog posts that explore teaching about Native American history and culture using primary sources. Students can learn about Native American newspapers and read oral histories of Native American veterans who served in the U.S. military from World War II to Iraq. There is also a collection of Native American Themed Resources with essays, music, maps and images.
ABC-CLIO’s The American Mosaic: The American Indian Experience, available from EBSCO, provides in-depth historical accounts and cultural information about more than 500 American Indian nations. ABC-CLIO’s History Hub educator support center provides subscribers with resources for classroom and library integration.
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